Call for Presentations: “Music and Islam”

IV UskoMus symposium: ”Music and Islam”
Cultural Centre Stoa, Helsinki 10 November 2016

Call for Presentations

UskoMus* Research Network (uskomus.com) will organise its next one-day symposium with the theme ”Music and Islam”, with islamologist Jonas Otterbeck (Lund University) as a guest speaker. The symposium will be followed by a public discussion and a concert celebrating the 25-year career of the Turkish-Finnish band Nefes (nefes.fi <http://nefes.fi/>), supported by Senegalese Pape Sarr, Rane Diallo, Ismaila Sane and Ousseynou Mbaye, and with an emphasis on Sufi musical practices.
UskoMus hereby invites proposals for symposium presentations, whether in the form of conventional academic papers or more experimental delivery. All topics associated with the general theme are welcome, but please note that the number of presentations is limited. The 200–300-word abstracts should be sent to uskomus.network@gmail.com no later than 30 September 2016; notifications of acceptance will be sent by 14 October.

There will be no conference fee but no free lunches either.

The language of the symposium will be English. The symposium is organised in collaboration with City of Helsinki Cultural Centre Stoa (stoa.fi <http://stoa.fi/>), Etnosoi! Festival (etnosoi.fi<http://etnosoi.fi/>) and Global Music Centre (globalmusic.fi <http://globalmusic.fi/>), Music Archive JAPA (musiikkiarkisto.fi <http://musiikkiarkisto.fi/>) and the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology (etnomusikologia.fi <http://etnomusikologia.fi/>). For further information, please consult UskoMus website (uskomus.com <http://uskomus.com/>) oruskomus.network@gmail.com <mailto:uskomus-network@gmail.com>.

Welcome to the symposium!

On behalf of UskoMus,
Antti-Ville Kärjä
*) “uskomus” = a belief, a shibboleth; “usko” = faith, confidence; “mus(iikki)” = mus(ic)

Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters

You are invited to the research seminar and joint PhD-course ‘Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters’ held at University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand, Norway, on March 30 2016.

The seminar critically engages with the ways in which interfaith dialogue constitutes a means to govern religion and the religious, and it explores which forms of religion that are produced from these organized cultural encounters and raises questions as to which roles local government, migration and media play.

Two keynote lectures by international experts on interfaith dialogue, Mar Griera from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Lise Paulsen Galal from Roskilde University, will take place during the morning session. The rest of the seminar will take the form of a workshop and provide an opportunity for Ph.D.-students to present on-going Ph.D.-projects (app. 30-45 min. each) and receive comments from the lectures, commentators and fellow Ph.D.-students.

The seminar is free of charge. Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided as well as mandatory reading for the seminar (app. 3 texts). The seminar is open for all, but preregistration is necessary.

Deadline for registration: March 7 2016 to Louise Lund Liebmann (louise.l.liebmann@uia.no).

For those PhD-students who want to present a paper: please add an abstract of 200 words.

Notification of paper acceptance will be given shortly after the deadline.

 

The seminar is organized by the research project ‘Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments’ (CoMRel) and University of Agder.

 

Public Lecture: “Public space as the arena of assertion vs. repression of Muslim identity”

The Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney invites you to attend a public lecture.

Public space as the arena of assertion vs. repression of Muslim identity

Speaker: Amir Sheikhzadegan, University of Fribourg

Date: Thursday 14 May 2015

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Venue: Bankstown Campus, Building 03.G.55

RSVP: SSAP-Research@uws.edu.au by Monday 11 May 2015

This is an open and free event.

Abstract

A gradual emergence of diasporic communities out of migrant groups with an Islamic background (Schiffauer 2007) also implies a transition of their status from the “invisible migrant-worker” to that of “visible Muslim citizenship” (Göle 2011).

Geared with a strengthening of the populist right in Switzerland, the increasing visibility of Islam has given rise to conflicting claims to the appropriation of urban spaces – a tug of war that culminated in 2009 in a minaret ban, on the one hand, and the emergence of the radical organization Islamic Central Council Switzerland (ICCS) on the other.

Drawing on Lefebvre’s (1991) concept of “representational space” the study argues that public visibility has become the main contested issue between the populist right and the ICCS. Whereas the former strives for containing “the Islamic threat” by pushing Islam out of the public spaces, the latter uses urban spaces to maximize the public visibility of Islam in Switzerland. Arguing that ICCS’s public presence stands in a dialectical relationship to its identity politics, the study then highlights the following identity formation practices of this organization:

Firstly, ICCS struggles for a formal recognition of Islam in Switzerland.

Secondly, it seeks for an inversion of the stigma “Islam” (Wieviorka 2001; Cesari 2004) by persuading Muslims to publicly celebrate their muslimness.

Thirdly and finally, it strives for a strong public presence by running book stands in the crowded urban areas, distributing pamphlets and flyers in migrants’ gatherings, upholding public conferences in renowned city halls, and organizing demonstrations in city centers.

The study is part of a larger research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation investigating the narrative identities of Muslims who are actively engaged in voluntary associations. As for methodology, it draws both on reconstruction of narrative identity (Lucius-Hoene & Deppermann 2004) and ethnographic investigation.

Amir Sheikhzadegan is a senior post-doc lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Sciences (Section of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work) of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He is the author of “Der Griff des politischen Islam zur Macht: Iran und Algerien im Vergleich” (2003) as well as the co-editor of “Gesellschaften zwischen Multi- und Transkulturalität” (forthcoming). Sheikhzadegan has been a visiting fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin as well as a lecturer at the universities of Zurich, Lucerne, and Basel. His fields of interest include societal change in Iran, Islam and modernity, civil society, and narrative identity.

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Public Lecture: Christianity and the Shaping of Vanuatu’s Social and Political Development

The Religion and Society Research Centre and the Peace and Development Studies Group at the University of Western Sydney invite you to attend a public lecture.

Christianity and the Shaping of Vanuatu’s Social and Political Development

Speaker: Professor Matthew Clark – Deakin University

Date: 24th April, 2015

Time:  1.30pm – 3.00pm

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 23, Room G.40

RSVP: SSAP-Research@uws.edu.au by 17th April, 2015

The Pacific island state of Vanuatu has been considerably shaped by its Christian heritage. Indeed, the role of the various Christian Churches has been pivotal in the development and sustenance of Vanuatu prior to and since its Independence. These Churches include Anglican, Catholic, Pentecostal and evangelical denominations. Missionaries and later local Church leaders were involved directly in Independence movements and shaped the legal and social infrastructure of this nation. This involvement and influence has continued to the present. This paper will consider the role the Church has played in the development of Vanuatu. Firstly, this paper will present case study analysis of both the historical and contemporary role the Church has played in the development of Vanuatu. This review will consider the impact of both key individual Church leaders who played central roles Vanuatu’s Independence. Secondly, the paper will consider the contemporary role Christian Churches play in the provision of social service – including education and health – across Vanuatu. This paper will conclude that Christianity has therefore played and continues to play a central role in the political and social development of Vanuatu.

Professor Matthew Clarke is Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University (Australia). Matthew has worked in the international development sector for more than 20 years. His research interests include aid effectiveness, the Millennium Development Goals, HIV and AIDS and disability-inclusive development. Much of this work has focussed on the Pacific region. More recently Matthew has focussed on the intersection between religion and development. His books in this area include  Development and Religion: Theology and Practice, Islam and Development: Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy, and Handbook of Research on Religion and Development.

This Public Lecture is an open and free event

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Seminar on Religious Transnationalism, April 16-17, 2015

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to join our 2-day seminar on religious transnationalism on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April 2015 at VU University Amsterdam.  

Venue: VU University (Metropolitan building, room Z009 and Z007)

Time: 9.30 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. (the programme is attached)

Conveners:

Prof. Dr. Thijl Sunier, department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, VU University

Prof. Dr. Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester

General theme

The seminar deals with the contemporary dynamics of transnational religious fields across the world by addressing the shifting configurations between new modes of transnational religious practices on the one hand and evolving forms of nation-building and national domestication of religious communities in a time of growing nationalism en exclusion. Transnational activity of religious communities and social actors is certainly not new, nor is the paradox between people living religious lives, locally and transnationally and states domesticating religions (Glick Schiller et al. 1994). However, emerging new forms of regulatory regimes both at a national and a local level have engendered new forms of transnational activity. The ever changing character of the ‘cosmologistical problem’ (Vasquez et al. 2003) informs and shapes new modes of transnational religious activity.

Keynote address: Prof. Dr. Manuel Vasquez (University of Florida, USA), Thursday morning, 16 April, entitled “Seeng Transnationally:  Religion and the Emergence of New Regimes of Visibility and Discipline.”

Four panels

Transnational religious activism

Pilgrimage

Secular intolerance

Cosmopolitanism and religion

Entrance: free, and open to everyone! Registration: h.l.e.vander.linden@vu.nl

Please find the programme attached. We would appreciate it if you could distribute this invitation among your network and/or students.

We hope to welcome you on 16 and 17 April!

Best regards, on behalf of the conveners,

Heleen van der Linden

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Open seminar on the role of religion in Sweden 1980-2009

Välkommen på ett öppet och kostnadsfritt seminarium om religionens roll i Sverige, 1980-2009.Seminariet arrangeras av forskningsprogrammen Impact of Religion och NOREL, The role of religion in the public sphere: A comparative study of the five Nordic countries.

  • Vid seminariet presenteras och diskuteras  de svenska resultaten av NOREL-studien.
  • Tid: den 15 april, kl 14-17, följt av mingel 17-18 med dryck och lättare förtäring.
  • Plats: Centrum för forskning om religion och samhälle, sal 4-2007.
  • Anmälan senast den 10 april till info@crs.uu.se.
  • Mer information och program.

Welcome to an open seminar on the role of religion in Sweden 1980-2009, hosted by the research programmes Impact of Religion and The role of religion in the public sphere: A comparative study of the five Nordic countries (NOREL).

  • The research project NOREL presents the results from Sweden, April 15th, 14-17, followed by an informal reception 17-18, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS), room 4-2007.
  • Please register to info@crs.uu.se, no later than April 10th.
  • More information and program.
  • **********************

Ulrika Öster

Informatör/Information officer

Centrum för forskning om religion och samhälle/ Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre

Uppsala universitet

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Event: “Faith, Politics & Social Justice: The General Election and Beyond”

Faith, Politics & Social Justice: The General Election and Beyond

An event organised by the Faith & Peaceful Relations Research Cluster at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University.

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 12.00-3.45pm (lunch provided)

Taking place three months before the General Election, the event will explore the current and likely future relationship between religion and politics in the UK. High-profile speakers from across the political and religious spectrum – including faith- based organisations, the voluntary and third sector, think tanks, policy makers and academics – will reflect on the role faith and faith groups play in politics, and specifically in the forthcoming election. They will discuss how electoral politics is engaging and affecting faith groups. Confirmed speakers include: Sughra Ahmed (Islamic Society of Britain), David Barclay (Contextual Theology Centre), Mike Battcock (Department for International Development), Revd Canon Paul Hackwood (Church Urban Fund & Near Neighbours), Lucinda Hasell (Mothers’ Union), Sister Jayanti (Brahma Kumaris), Fiyaz Mughal (Tell MAMA & Faith Matters), Philip Rosenberg (Board of Deputies of British Jews), Stephen Shashoua (Three Faiths Forum) and Daniel Singleton (Faith Action).

To register for this free event, please visit the following website address: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/faithpoliticsandsocialjustice  Places are limited and registrations will close by 30th January 2015.

We are very pleased to announce that a Coventry University lecture by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will directly follow the event (4.15-5.15pm). He will speak on ‘How can we build communities of peace and trust?’ Please indicate whether you wish to attend this lecture when you register.

We look forward to welcoming you at this event. Please direct any queries to Mandeep Singh Sehmi (PhD researcher and Research Assistant) on sehmim2@uni.coventry.ac.uk

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Public Lecture: ‘Socializing Influences on Young People’s Attitudes to Religion and Religious Diversity: Findings from a Nation-Wise Project in the UK’

The University of Western Sydney’s Religion and Society Research Centre invites you to attend a Public Lecture:

‘Socializing  Influences on Young People’s Attitudes to Religion and Religious Diversity: Findings from a Nation-Wise Project in the UK’

Speaker: Dr Elisabeth Arweck, University of Warwick

Date:  Monday, 09 February 2015

Time:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 23, Room G.40

RSVP: SSAP-Travel@uws.edu.au by 02 February 2015 (for catering purposes)

This is an open and free event.

Abstract

The presentation will draw on data from a three-year project (2009–2012) in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU) at the University of Warwick, which explored the attitudes of 13–16 year-old pupils across the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland) towards religious diversity. The project was funded by the Religion and Society Programme of two major funding bodies in the UK: the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project took a mixed method approach, combining qualitative with quantitative data: focus group discussions with, and a survey by questionnaire of, young people in secondary schools.

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Symposium: “Sacred and Secular: Faith and Formation” (16 January, 2015; London)

FaithXchange invites you to its 2nd Annual Symposium of v. This year’s theme focuses on how do religion and belief inform how we do policy, politics, and practice. This is an exciting day for all of us as it brings together scholars of all stages in their career, as well as practitioners to open up and expand a cross disciplinary and cross national dialogue. 

A keynote panel will proceed a series of exciting papers that bring different disciplinary perspectives in the conversation. Keynotes include Professor Adam Dinham, Professor Elaine Graham, Dr. Daniel Nilsson DeHanas, and Dr. Alp Arat.

Please follow the link for more information http://www.gold.ac.uk/faithsunit/network/​ 

For RSVP, please contact Clare Canning at faithxchange@gold.ac.uk

We are looking forward to seeing you on January 16th at Goldsmiths. 

With best regards

faithXchange Research Network 

23 St. James St. | London SE14 6NW | Goldsmiths, University of London

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Public Lecture: Prof. Lori Beaman on ‘The Law’s Contribution to Religion as Culture’ (Dec 8, 2014)

The Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney invites you to attend a Public Lecture:

‘Reasonable Non-Invasiveness’ and Law’s Contribution to Religion as Culture

Speaker: Prof Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa

Date:  Monday, 08 December 2014

Time:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Room G.55, Sydney

RSVP: J.Fishman@uws.edu.au by 02 December 2014 (for catering purposes)

Abstract

This talk will consider the development of a legal and public rhetoric that shifts religious practice and symbols into a framing as culture and heritage.

Drawing on the Lautsi decision from the European Court of Human Rights and the Saguenay case in Quebec (now before the Canadian Supreme Court), the talk explores the notion that these practices represent universal values and as such should be accepted by all.

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